Should all buildings be modeled first using conceptual masses?
Conceptual masses are a great tool to use when in the first stages of the design process, it can help to develop an overall idea of shape and form. Conceptual mass modeling however is not very good for smaller projects where square footage is an issue and every bit of space must be maximized.
It is a great method because it can create some really innovative designs, but they tend to be less functional.
Can you think of any examples of a real building around the world that most likely was created by exploring the form using conceptual mass models?
This is an image of the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, MN on the University of Minnesota campus. It is a vibrant conglomeration of many different forms and extrusions. People either love it or hate it.